School of Education Diversity News

Tue
Mar
14
U.S. News and World Report released its annual rankings of the top graduate schools on Tuesday, March 14, and UW-Madison’s School of Education and many of its programs once again were recognized as being among the very best in the nation. The UW-Madison School of Education is tied for No. 3 in U.S. News’ 2018 Best Education Graduate Schools ratings. This makes UW-Madison’s School of Education the top-ranked public school of education in the nation for a fourth straight time, a distinction it is sharing this year with the University of California-Los Angeles.
Thu
Feb
23
Aaron Bird Bear has been appointed the assistant dean for student diversity programs in UW-Madison’s School of Education. In this role, Bird Bear is responsible for leadership around recruiting, supporting and retaining under-represented undergraduate and graduate students, while also serving as the Multicultural/Disadvantaged Coordinator (MDC) for the School of Education.
Wed
Jan
18
The call for proposals is now open for the 2017 MSAN Institute on Equity Leadership and Cultural Competence being held April 27-28 at The Concourse Hotel in Madison. The Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) is a national coalition of multiracial, mid-sized, suburban-urban school districts working to understand and eliminate the effects of institutionalized racism on student achievement. The Institute, MSAN’s annual conference, is an intensive two-day professional learning opportunity dedicated to sharing cutting-edge strategies for furthering equity-focused leadership and building cultural competence in K-12 schools.
Thu
Aug
04
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a report examining a new UW-Madison cultural competency training program that’s going to be rolled out during the fall semester and delivered to up to 1,000 freshmen. Among the experts across campus who helped craft the new program, the Journal Sentinel notes in its in-depth report, is the School of Education’s Steve Quintana, a professor with the Department of Counseling Psychology, and an affiliate with the School’s Department of Educational Psychology.
Fri
Jul
01
The latest edition of Learning Connections, a news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. The Summer 2016 issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni, and features a cover story about the Morgridge Center for Public Service, which is celebrating 20 years of bridging campus and community.
Tue
May
17
Video from Rachelle Winkle-Wagner’s recent talk, “Affirmative Action Under Fire: Discourse on the Texas Top Ten Percent Plan,” organized by the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), is now available on the WISCAPE YouTube channel.
Mon
May
02
UW-Madison’s Jerlando F.L. Jackson authored an op-ed that was published Monday by Education Dive. The opinion piece is headlined: “UW-Madison: Concerned, but committed (at least for now).” A second, smaller headline adds: “Why one professor says he is not jumping ship just yet.” Says Jackson: “For the first time in 16 years, I have to be honest and say it is unclear to me what the future holds for UW-Madison. It is not clear to me what the institution is evolving into as a university.”
Mon
May
02
The fourth annual Performing Ourselves Showcase: Dreaming Big, will feature performances by approximately 75 girls from seven community centers across Madison who, through their choreography, will explore questions about the themes of leadership, community and confidence. The event takes place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space in Lathrop Hall on the UW-Madison campus.
Mon
Apr
25
District leaders, principals and teachers from nine states will converge at the UW-Madison campus once again on April 26 and 27 for the 2016 Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) Institute being held at Union South. Attendees will share current research and best practices with local and national experts on how school districts can develop more equity-focused leadership and nurture cultural competence.
Fri
Apr
15
UW-Madison's Tiffany Jones was recently awarded the Marion McCammond Award, which is a cash award given out annually by the Wisconsin Union. Jones is a doctoral student with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. The Marion McCammond Award recognizes outstanding students of color who have made contributions to the UW-Madison community, greater Madison community, or the student’s hometown.
Tue
Mar
15
UW-Madison’s LaVar J. Charleston will be receiving the Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Emerging Scholarship from the Multicultural/Multiethnic Education special interest group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Charleston is the assistant director and senior research associate for Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB), which is housed in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. He has also taught in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and is an alumnus of that department, earning his master’s in 2007 and a Ph.D. in 2010.
Mon
Mar
14
The artwork of UW-Madison’s Jerry Jordan, a recruitment and retention specialist with the School of Education’s Student Diversity Programs Office, will be showcased in the Secretary of the Academic Staff Office, room 270 of Bascom Hall. Jordan’s new solo show is titled, “Moments of Divinity.” An opening reception will run from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14. The exhibition runs through July.
Sun
Mar
06
This year marks a decade for the Line Breaks Festival, the largest hip-hop theater festival in the Midwest, which will take place Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13 at the Overture Center for the Arts. Line Breaks is produced annually by UW-Madison’s Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) and is curated by Chris Walker, artistic director of First Wave and an associate professor with the School of Education’s Dance Department. The 2016 festival’s theme is, “Perform the Word: From Idea to Page to Performance.”
Sun
Feb
21
With one year of community collaboration complete, the UW South Madison Partnership has extended its reach to more people on all sides of the equation: community members of all ages, individual and group collaborations between UW–Madison professionals and citizens, and expanded versions of existing successes. Julissa Ventura, a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies, has been instrumental in the helping foster mutually beneficial relationships between South Madison and the university.
Tue
Feb
16
UW-Madison’s Chris Walker will be directing the 10th annual “Moonshine” -- a campus tradition during Black History month -- on Friday, Feb. 26 at 3:30 p.m. This event, which is free and open to the public, is a festive performance of African, Caribbean and contemporary dance, hip-hop, spoken word, poetry, drumming, chanting and singing. This year's “Moonshine” will honor UW-Madison Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Darrell Bazzell, a steadfast supporter of students of color on campus who is leaving to take a similar position at the University of Texas at Austin.
Fri
Feb
12
University Theatre will tackle the dynamics of race with Lydia R. Diamond’s critically acclaimed play, “Smart People,” directed by renowned Chicago theatre director, Chuck Smith. Inspired by actual research on implicit bias, Diamond’s play directs our focus to a fictional academic study of neurological responses the brain has to racial images. A diverse quartet of young professionals, representing African-American, Chinese-Japanese-American and white ethnicities, will see their lives intertwine over the two years leading up to President Barack Obama’s first election.
Wed
Feb
10
UW-Madison’s Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is the lead author of a recent article that examines the role of faculty mentoring in helping underrepresented students succeed in their pathways into and through graduate education. This critical multisite case study appears in the March/April issue of The Journal of Higher Education, and is titled, “Entering the (Postgraduate) Field: Underrepresented Students’ Acquisition of Cultural and Social Capital in Graduate School Preparation Programs.” Winkle-Wagner is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and is an affiliate with the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education.
Mon
Feb
01
The School of Education's outstanding national reputation is due to the dedication of its faculty and staff. To recognize the hard work and talent throughout the SoE community, the External Relations Office is now accepting nominations for the 2016 School of Education Faculty & Staff Distinguished Achievement Awards. All nominations are due by Monday, March ​7, at 5 p.m. All award recipients will be honored at a school-wide awards ceremony on April 20, 2016.
Tue
Jan
26
WISCAPE is pleased to announce its inaugural speaker series, titled “Furthering College Access and Opportunity.”
Wed
Jan
20
UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank and School of Education Dean Diana Hess met recently with leaders of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, and Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Darienne Driver. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the country, serving about 5,000 students daily. Blank and Hess toured the Pieper-Hillside Club and heard from club members who now attend UW–Madison. The trip was part of a statewide outreach effort to better connect UW–Madison research with all parts of Wisconsin.
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